Talking Heads Reunion Almost Took Place at Coachella
Organizers Made Generous Offers to Reform Legendary Rock Music and Classic Rock Band
Talking Heads nearly reunited earlier this year at the Coachella Music Festival, but the effort was born fruitless.
Last September, Paul Tollett, the festival’s curator and president of Goldenvoice, reached out to the band in hopes of convincing them to perform at the event. He met with members of the bands and their representatives at the Toronto International Film Festival, where they were gathered to celebrate the 40th anniversary of their documentary concert film, Stop Making Sense.
However, Tollett sensed that the band was not interested in reuniting, and thus, he did not make an official offer. He clarified that he never discussed payment with the band.
Shortly after Tollett’s visit, Live Nation came forward with a lucrative offer of $80 million for the band to perform at six to eight festivals and headline slots. Despite this, Talking Heads declined the offer.
Coachella has become the center of attention for reunion gigs, with acts like No Doubt and Sublime expressing strong interest in performing at the festival. However, as competition in the festival market intensifies, securing these kinds of comeback performances has become increasingly challenging.
Sublime’s Revival and No Doubt’s One-Time Reunion
In addition to Talking Heads, Coachella attempted to secure reunions of Sublime and No Doubt for the event. Mike “Cheez” Brown, former manager of Sublime with Rome, learned that music manager Kevin Zinger and Vandals bassist Joe Escalante were planning to reunite the original members of Sublime, featuring the late singer Bradley Nowell’s son, Jakob Nowell, on vocals.
This led to a controversy as Brown and Sublime with Rome had already booked several festivals and dates for 2024. After negotiations, Sublime with Rome agreed to end their 13-year run after fulfilling their current commitments, while the newly reformed Sublime would make their comeback performance at Coachella on April 13.
No Doubt’s reunion, on the other hand, was more straightforward. Discussions with the band members, particularly Stefani’s manager Irving Azoff, led to an agreement. The band’s long-standing relationship with Goldenvoice, who promoted some of their early shows, played a significant role in securing their reunion.
The $10 million offer to the bandmates Adrian Young, Tony Kanal, and Tom Dumont, was substantial, especially considering their current band DREAMCAR, led by AFI singer Davy Havoc, is booked to play Goldenvoice’s Cruel World festival in May.
While fans might have hoped for an extensive No Doubt Tour, the band does not plan to make this reunion a regular event. They have plans to release new solo Music later this year and will perform at several festivals throughout 2023.
Talking Heads News and Future Prospects
Although the Talking Heads Reunion did not materialize, eager fans can still enjoy classic Talking Heads Albums and reflect on the band’s groundbreaking contribution to the Music industry.
The band’s legacy remains strong, and enthusiasts can look forward to updates and Talking Heads News through official sources and dedicated fan communities online.
While a full-fledged reunion may not be in the cards, the Best of Talking Heads will continue to resonate with Music lovers around the world, ensuring the band’s lasting impact.